Former business owner pleads guilty to sales tax evasion

By Conor Mooney

Former business owner pleads guilty to sales tax evasion

September 26, 2013 Updated Sep 26, 2013 at 10:45 PM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The owner of a Vestal business that closed in 2012 pleaded guilty to sales tax evasion, according to New York State Department of Taxation and Finance.

Chris DeProspo, 47, the owner of Amish Woodworks, admitted to defrauding the state more than $100,000.

Officials said DeProspo didn't remit more than $93,000 in sales tax he collected from customers.

He also failed to collect more than $13,000 in sales tax from items sold by the business

"This is especially egregious in light of the fact that the overwhelming number of businesses voluntarily remit the sales tax they collect, and do so consistently and accurately,” said Commissioner Thomas H. Mattox.

Police charged DeProspo with grand larceny in the second degree, a felony.

Officials scheduled him for sentencing on Dec. 20.